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Prone to injuries?? and Huth has never been injured then???
Its all about balancing the books. We lose £30 million for relegation in TV money ALONE, never mind reduced advertising revenue etc. We've recouped 23 million in transfer fees and cut about 8 million per year off the wage bill with the sales so far.
I'm far from happy either, but don't see what else GS could do, his hands are tied by the finances surrounding relegation.
Thers no denying they have gone on the cheap, and theres no prospect of incoming 'help' I tend to think that Southgaff has written this season off and is going to blame lack of funds for no promotion ( if he lasts that long). As for less income from advertising we are now on apar with B the Synners for advertising in the ground, now we have gone back to boards all round the pitch and a scoreboard you can only read in thre dark - fans still shortchanged with both the team and all else
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Personally I don't think that this is Southgate's decision. The players will have clauses in their contracts that allow them to leave, should they wish, in the event of relegation. You can't blame the players for wanting to leave either, they want to be playing in the top leagues.
There is money there as the Premier league give all clubs a 'parachute' payment when they are relegated, combine this with the sales and wage bill reduction it sets the club up financially as we don't want a repeat of liquidation do we!
I think we have a good crop of young determined players, local lads who deserve to be given a chance. Whether they can get us back to the Premiership is another question though...